Miniature Poodle Puppies For sale In Pa.

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Poodle Information

Lifespan

The Standard Poodle lives for 12 to 15 years. Females usually give birth to 3 to 8 puppies. Both males and females usually weigh from 45 to 55 lbs. Both sexes grow over 15 inches tall at the shoulders.

The Miniature Poodle has the same lifespan as the Standard Poodle. Females birth 4 to 8 puppies. The breed ranges from 11 to 15 inches, and weighs 15 to 17 lbs.

The Toy Poodle has the same life expectancy as the above breeds, though some have lived longer. Both males and females reach up to 10 inches in height, and range from 6 to 9 lbs. The Toy Poodle gives birth to only 1 to 4 puppies.

Temperament

It should be noted that all three Poodle variations are grouped by height and weight for show, but are the same breed of dog. Because of that, all three variations will exhibit temperaments and behavior that is characteristic to the Poodle breed.

Poodles are generally considered to be very intelligent dogs. They are lively, playful, and make wonderful family dogs. Toy Poodles may need to be watched around younger children due to their small size, but each Poodle variation is said to do well with children and other pets. While Poodles may look pretty and are considered to be elegant and dignified, they are actually quite outgoing, social, and energetic. This breed enjoys playing, and is happy to romp outside and learn new tricks. The Poodle is also affectionate. This breed loves to curl up and cuddle with its people at the end of the day.

All three Poodle types need daily exercise, though the Toy size may not need as much as the Miniature and the Standard. Poodles love walks and enjoy playing fetch or Frisbee. They also love a good run around the yard. Poodles also love to swim. As former water retrievers, they will enjoy going into the pool or lake after a favorite toy.

Poodles are intelligent and highly trainable. They are quick learners are respond to treats and positive reinforcement. This breed does not require a firm hand or need an “alpha” leader. Poodles like to be challenged. Poodles used to perform in circuses and they are excellent at learning tricks. The breed also excels at advanced obedience, agility, and a variety of canine sports.

Poodles of all sizes that do not get enough exercise, socialization, and mental activity are prone to anxiety and high strung behavior. This is a sensitive breed that will not respond well to yelling or a chaotic environment. The Poodle can suffer from stress if the environment is chaotic or negative.

Poodles are not typically known to bark a great deal, though they will sound the alarm if necessary. The breed actually makes a fairly alert and responsive watchdog. Even the Toy Poodle is not known to be overly “yappy.” However, if a poodle does begin to bark too much, it can be addressed with proper training.

Care

Poodles are a breed that requires regular bathing in order to keep its coat clean and in good appearance. Most Poodles need to be clipped every 6 to 8 weeks, with some trimming in between. Many owners opt to take their dog to a professional groomer, though this can become quite costly. Some owners even learn to clip the breed themselves. There are four types of cut the Poodle typically appears in, and some are more complicated than others. These include the Puppy Clip, the Continental Clip, the Sporting Clip, and the English Saddle Clip, which is the most ornate.

While the Poodle’s coat may need some maintenance in regards to grooming, the breed is very low-shedding and is nearly dander free. This is a breed that is excellent for most people with dog allergies, as it does not seem to cause a reaction like other breeds.

Poodles will also need regular dental hygiene, nail trimmings, and ear cleanings.

All sizes of Poodles have a relatively long lifespan, and overall the breed is very healthy. Eye ailments, skin conditions, and joint problems can be fairly common. Other concerns are gastro-intestinal problems. Von Willebrand’s Disease is the only serious health ailment that is reported.

As stated before, the Poodle has quite a bit of energy and needs daily exercise. The breed also has a tendency toward obesity, so activity will help with its overall health. Mental stimulation is important for this highly intelligent breed. The Poodle is very easy to train, and should participate in advanced obedience and other canine activities. The breed also enjoys learning new tricks.

Poodles get along well with other family dogs and pets. They are not normally aggressive towards strange pets or wild animals. They may chase birds for fun, but are not normally hunters who will show up at the back door with a prize in their mouths. This breed does fine at the dog park or in situations where it will be around other animals.

The Poodle is suited to a variety of personalities, lifestyles, and homes, provided it receives proper attention, training, and exercise. While a Toy Poodle is probably more suited to a small apartment than a Standard Poodle, all types of the breed are very adaptable.

Owning a Poodle

Poodles are one of the most popular pets around the world, and because of this, particular attention needs to be paid to the breeder a puppy or dog comes from. The breeder should be well researched. They should be able to provide proof of bloodlines, health history, and answer questions about the parent dogs. If possible, potential owners should observe the dogs in the breeder’s care, and be on the lookout for negative behavioral traits such as excessive barking or high-strung behavior. Older Poodles can always be adopted from rescues.

Many breeders now offer what are called “teacup” Poodles, though these tiny dogs should be purchased with caution. Often, they are the product of undersized Toy Poodles, and there is concern regarding health problems.

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